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Phillies 14, Mets 3: 10-run first inning sets tone for blowout

Phillies 14, Mets 3: 10-run first inning sets tone for blowout

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The Phillies threw a party in the first inning Tuesday night and everybody at sold-out Citizens Bank Park had a good time.

Except for Steven Matz.

The Phillies scored 10 runs in the first inning en route to a 14-3 win over the New York Mets. Matz, the Mets’ starter, faced eight batters and did not get an out before exiting the game.

The Phillies sent 14 men to the plate in their festive first inning. They stroked six extra-base hits, including three-run homers by Scott Kingery and Maikel Franco. J.T. Realmuto had a pair of two-run doubles in the inning. The Mets made three errors in the inning.

The victory improved the Phillies to 10-6. The Mets are 10-7.

The keys

• The Phillies capitalized on Mets’ mistakes right out of the chute. Shortstop Amed Rosario made the first of his two first-inning errors on a ground ball by leadoff man Andrew McCutchen. Jean Segura then doubled and Bryce Harper was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Realmuto followed with a two-run double. Kingery then hit the next pitch for a three-run homer.

• Later in the first inning, the Phils capitalized on more Mets mistakes when Franco followed a walk and an error with his three-run homer. He leads the team with six homers.

• Kingery has made the most of limited playing time. In addition to his three-run homer, he had a single and two-run double while playing third base and shortstop. He was also plunked by a pitch in the eighth inning. Manager Gabe Kapler has talked a lot recently about getting Kingery more playing time. It could come at second, third or even in center field. Kingery is earning the time. Over his last seven games, he is 11 for 17 (.647) with four doubles, a homer and five RBIs.

Pivetta's night

Given how poorly Nick Pivetta had pitched in his first three outings, this was probably a small step in the right direction. He pitched five innings and gave up three runs. However, he needed 100 pitches to complete the five innings and he surrendered two homers. Pivetta did a good job getting a double-play ball to get out of first-inning trouble.

Pivetta still has a ways to go and he needs to deliver because the Phils called up Jerad Eickhoff earlier in the day and he delivered four shutout innings. He gave up three hits, walked none and struck out six. Sure, Eickhoff’s performance came in a blowout, but he can put some pressure on people if he continues to get outs.

Health check

Rhys Hoskins rested his swollen left ankle. There’s a chance he could play on Wednesday. More on that here.

Segura left the game after the first inning with left hamstring tightness. Kingery, who started at third, moved to short and Franco, who started at first, moved to third. Andrew Knapp took over at first.

Up next

The series concludes Wednesday afternoon with Jake Arrieta getting the start against Zack Wheeler.

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Phillies embarrassed by Dodgers and have 2 of the ugliest innings you'll ever see

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Phillies embarrassed by Dodgers and have 2 of the ugliest innings you'll ever see

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What a completely humiliating loss for the Phillies.

It wasn't just that they were blown out, 16-2, by the visiting Dodgers. It was the way it unfolded and the way it sounded.

The Dodgers, with so many of their fans chanting and cheering throughout the night, scored six runs in the Phillies' ugliest inning of the season, the top of the fourth Monday. 

They went single, RBI double, groundout, RBI single, walk, RBI single, safety squeeze RBI single, sacrifice, RBI single, double steal of 2nd and home.

The Dodgers' catcher, Austin Barnes, laid down the successful squeeze. Cesar Hernandez was shifted all the way toward the second base bag and had no chance to scamper to first in time to receive the throw from Zach Eflin. A few batters later, it was again the catcher Barnes who stole home.

And that wasn't even the worst look of the inning. When Eflin struck out Alex Verdugo for the third out, the Phillies were so out of it that the entire infield appeared to not know it was the third out. Realmuto trickled the ball back to the pitcher, Eflin and his fielders stood around, and then after a few seconds, all realized in unison the inning was over and walked toward the dugout. 

The boos just rained down.

You can't blame Phillies fans at this point. They've been watching bad baseball for six weeks. An offense that can't consistently pick up the big hit, a rotation that can't get six innings deep nearly enough, a bullpen that can't protect leads.

It all bubbled to the surface Monday in an ugly loss, the kind of loss one would hope leads to a team meeting or a tough conversation or something that shows these coaches and players are taking the mounting losses personally.

And it got even worse

The Dodgers later added four homers, two by Cody Bellinger. Bellinger had as many home runs at CBP Monday as Bryce Harper has in his last 17 home games.

And still, it got worse. In the eighth inning, Yacksel Rios was ejected for hitting Justin Turner after Verdugo's homer, Edgar Garcia couldn't get a third out, the Dodgers scored five more runs and the Phillies were forced to insert Roman Quinn to pitch ... with the bases loaded. Quinn did get the inning-ending flyout before allowing two more runs in the ninth.

The Phillies are 48-46. Tomorrow night is Vince Velasquez against Walker Buehler.

Missed opportunities

The Phillies loaded the bases in the first and third innings against Clayton Kershaw and stranded all six runners. Jay Bruce was the main culprit, flying out to end the first and striking out on three pitches with one out and the sacks full in the third.

The Phillies reached base twice via error against Kershaw in the third inning. When you're facing a Hall of Fame pitcher, you have to cash in when you get the chance. The Phillies couldn't. You almost knew before the Dodgers even crossed the plate that this would be costly.

Up next

The Phillies again miss NL All-Star starter Hyun-Jin Ryu, but that just means they get the rest of the Dodgers' strong rotation.

Tuesday night at 7:05 — Vince Velasquez (2-5, 4.63) vs. Walker Buehler (8-1, 3.46)

Wednesday night at 7:05 — Nick Pivetta (4-4, 5.81) vs. Kenta Maeda (7-6, 3.82)

Thursday afternoon at 12:35 — Aaron Nola (8-2, 3.63) vs. Ross Stripling (4-3, 3.65)

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Phillies PhanaVision posted a stat that really did not age well

Phillies PhanaVision posted a stat that really did not age well

Monday night at Citizens Bank Park was not only a low point for the Phillies, but also a low point for whoever decided to highlight this statistic on PhanaVision for NL MVP candidate Cody Bellinger.

Well, that certainly didn’t age well.

Not only did Bellinger grab his first RBI of the season against the Phillies tonight, he slugged a pair of home runs to give him 33 on the season, the most in the Majors.

Sometimes it’s not good to poke the bear, because you might wake it up.

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